New Scientist presents... Instant Expert: The Mathematical World
Mathematics underpins our understanding of the universe and is intimately involved in our everyday lives. But how much do we really understand about this enigmatic world? Is mathematics discovered or invented? How can we harness the power of mathematics to improve our health, wellbeing and economic fortune? Are there limits to the prime numbers? How many kinds of infinity are there? Does mathematics really shape the universe?
Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide you through one of the most intriguing and important fields of human knowledge.
- Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University
- Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick
- Hannah Fry, Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL
- Sheila Bird, Professor of Biostatistics, MRC, University of Cambridge
- Plus, 2 more speakers to be announced
- Hosted by Michael Brooks, New Scientist consultant and author of bestseller 13 Things That Don't Make Sense
Humans have been learning to manipulate the abstract notion of numbers since ancient times, but it has been a difficult journey. Things we take for granted today, such as zero, infinity and negative numbers, were once considered nonsensical or even dangerous.
Now we live in a world ruled by mathematics. What’s more, it’s no longer just about numbers. Today’s mathematicians explore and manipulate a huge range of concepts such as symmetries, complex equations, statistics and algebra.
The impact of our ever-tightening grasp of mathematics is huge. It has allowed us to establish economic systems, grow international trade, understand the origins and structure of the universe, improve public health, put criminals in jail and perform myriad other tasks. And yet there are still enormous gaps in our understanding of this enigmatic world. We have learned a lot, but there is plenty of territory left to explore.
Join our speakers on a journey through the beguiling world of mathematical thinking.
Topics covered will include:
- How mathematics shapes the universe
- Why statistics rules the world
- Is symmetry fundamental to our existence?
- The mathematical algorithms behind everyday life
- The enigma of infinity
- The mathematical problems still waiting to be solved
- And much more
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in the secrets of the mathematical universe, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: The Mathematical World is a one-day masterclass that offers the chance to learn directly from the experts.
What's included in your ticket:
- In-depth and engaging talks from 6 leading experts in mathematics
- Ask-an-expert Question Time session
- Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Michael Brooks
- Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
- Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
- Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers
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